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Release Date: 04/10/2012

THE Irish Football Association recently visited Institute FC to promote the GoldMark programme which aims to recognise young volunteers in sport.

Run in conjunction with Volunteer Now and the Department of Education, GoldMark is aimed at young volunteers between 14 and 24 who are volunteering at their sports clubs.  Through the programme the volunteers complete a record book which is signed off by a volunteer co-ordinator at the club, and awards of excellence are awarded when the volunteer reaches 50,100 and 200 hours of volunteering.

The Irish Football Association is delivery partners of the Volunteer Now GoldMark programme and is currently rolling it out to football clubs all over Northern Ireland.

Maria Wilson, Volunteer Development and Policy Officer at the Irish FA said “We want to help encourage and support volunteering at the clubs; and through the GoldMark scheme provide the clubs a simple framework for valuing the contribution of the young volunteers.”

Keith McElhinney, Youth Development Officer at Institute FC added: “Volunteers are the backbone of our club and it is great to be able to give recognition to the young people who volunteer with us. The GoldMark scheme will hopefully encourage more young people to volunteer with the club and the Irish FA has been really supportive by helping us promote the GoldMark scheme to our young people.”

Any clubs or young volunteers who wish to learn more about the GoldMark scheme please contact Maria Wilson, or 028 90 669 458.

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